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Watch What You Heat This Holiday Season

The holidays are the most dangerous time for fires during the holiday season. Fires can occur  from cooking, dried Christmas trees, candles, wood burning appliances electrical cords and smoking articles.  

Cooking left unattended is the most common type of cooking fire.  Many cooking fires occur when an adult leaves cooking unattended, and often they are intoxicated. Cooking and drinking are a deadly combination.  Watch what you heat during the holidays. Always stay in the kitchen while you are cooking. Keep a proper-fitting lid near the stove when cooking. If a pot catches fire, slide the lid over the pot and turn the stove off. Do not move the pan. Never put water on a grease fire.

Blow out all candles before leaving the house or going to bed. Water the Christmas tree daily, check all decorative lights before placing them on the tree and discard any frayed lights and cords.

Check your  smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and elderly or disabled friends and relatives during holiday visits.

Plan and practice a home escape plan.   

Sightline to Safety Program

Sightline to safety is an educational program in fire prevention, detection and escape planning for people who are culturally Deaf, oral deaf, deafened and hard of hearing.

The program is a partnership with the Canadian Hearing Society. It ensures people who are culturally Deaf, oral deaf, deafened and hard of hearing receive adequate and appropriate education about preventing, detecting and escaping a fire in the home.

The main components to the program is a voluntary 9-1-1 registration. When a occupant/resident who is Deaf or hard of hearing enrolls with the sightline to safety program, fire services will record the information with emergency dispatch services. Once registered, if a 9-1-1 call is made from the home, dispatch will be aware of their hearing loss and communication needs and in turn will advise the emergency response team.

Click here to view the "Sightline to Safety" brochure

Click here to download the voluntary registration form

For more information or questions regarding the program, please contact Amanda Nichols, Public Educator for Peterborough Fire Services at (705) 745-3281 Ext 212 or


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210 Sherbrooke St
Peterborough, ON
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Peterborough, ON

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Peterborough, ON

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